crime

noun
\ ˈkrīm How to pronounce crime (audio) \

Definition of crime

1 : an illegal act for which someone can be punished by the government especially : a gross violation of law
2 : a grave offense especially against morality
3 : criminal activity efforts to fight crime
4 : something reprehensible, foolish, or disgraceful It's a crime to waste good food.

Other Words from crime

crimeless \ ˈkrīm-​ləs How to pronounce crime (audio) \ adjective

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offense, sin, vice, crime, scandal mean a transgression of law. offense applies to the infraction of any law, rule, or code. at that school no offense went unpunished sin implies an offense against moral or religious law. the sin of blasphemy vice applies to a habit or practice that degrades or corrupts. regarded gambling as a vice crime implies a serious offense punishable by the law of the state. the crime of murder scandal applies to an offense that outrages the public conscience. a career ruined by a sex scandal

Examples of crime in a Sentence

She paid dearly for her crimes. evidence that helped them solve the crime He was punished for a crime that he didn't commit. the recent increase in violent crime Being single is not a crime. There's no greater crime than forgetting your anniversary. See More
Recent Examples on the Web From Agatha Christie to Gillian Flynn and beyond, women writers have penned some of crime fiction’s most provocative, popular work. E.a. Aymar, Washington Post, 14 May 2022 That's where Frank Sinatra lost his gaming license for allegedly fraternizing with organized crime bosses at his Cal-Neva hotel-casino in the 1960s. CBS News, 13 May 2022 The shootings came at a time where violent crime on the city’s mass transit system has captured headlines. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 13 May 2022 Vaught admitted her error after her medication mix-up was discovered, and her defense largely focused on arguments that an honest mistake should not constitute a crime. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, 13 May 2022 In Colorado, domestic violence, in and of itself, is not a crime. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, 13 May 2022 Both he and his passenger, a Brooklyn woman, 31, were released because his warrant was not yet logged into the crime computer system. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 13 May 2022 James, 62, is facing charges of committing a terrorist attack or other violence against a mass transportation system and discharging a firearm during a violent crime. Tom Hays, USA TODAY, 13 May 2022 There is indeed no way to quantify exactly how often organized retail crime occurs. Jeremy Gorner, Chicago Tribune, 13 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of crime

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crime

Middle English, "wrongdoing, sin," borrowed from Anglo-French, going back to Latin crīmin-, crīmen "accusation, charge, indictment, source of an accusation, misdeed, offense," probably from crī-, variant stem of cernere "to sift, discern, decide, determine" + -men, resultative noun suffix (probably originally "decision," then "judicial decision, indictment") — more at certain entry 1

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17 May 2022

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“Crime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crime. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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crime

noun
\ ˈkrīm How to pronounce crime (audio) \

Kids Definition of crime

1 : the act of doing something forbidden by law or the failure to do an act required by law
2 : an act that is foolish or wrong It's a crime to waste food.

crime

noun
\ ˈkrīm How to pronounce crime (audio) \

Legal Definition of crime

1 : conduct that is prohibited and has a specific punishment (as incarceration or fine) prescribed by public law — compare delict, tort
2 : an offense against public law usually excluding a petty violation — see also felony, misdemeanor

Note: Crimes in the common-law tradition were originally defined primarily by judicial decision. For the most part, common-law crimes are now codified. There is a general principle “nullum crimen sine lege,” that there can be no crime without a law. A crime generally consists of both conduct, known as the actus reus, and a concurrent state of mind, known as the mens rea.

3 : criminal activity

History and Etymology for crime

Middle French, from Latin crimen fault, accusation, crime

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